The Ladles have three part female harmony perfected - but their sound is more than that… They are an amalgamation of their respective histories and influences, blending Swing, Old-Time, Folk, Pop and Choral music into a sound all their own. With sophisticated arrangements, they create a dreamy otherworldly atmosphere that draws audiences in and demands attention. They quiet noisy bars and liven up staid concert halls. The Ladles are Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, and Lucia Pontoniere.


Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn and Lucia Pontoniere met in the fall of 2014 - all incoming students to the New England Conservatory. At that point in time, they were the only three women in the undergraduate Contemporary Improvisation program. Seeking fellowship, Katie, Caroline and Lucia banded together. Hours spent singing and playing together in the NEC dormitories led to a house concert at a friend's house. Soon, the trio was performing regularly around Boston as "The Ladles." (A name fashioned after an altered "ladies room" sign in Jordan Hall.) Within a year The Ladles had recorded their debut EP and booked a 6-week summer tour. 2019 marks the release of The Ladles’ first full length album ‘The Line.’


individual bios   

Hailing from the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, Katie Martucci grew up singing, and playing fiddle and guitar. After a brief stint of collegiate acapella at Skidmore College, Katie rejected a possible future as a historian at the State Department, and transferred to the New England Conservatory. While at NEC, she studied voice, songwriting and arranging in the Contemporary Improvisation Department, and formed The Ladles with Caroline Kuhn and Lucia Pontoniere. Today, Katie is based in Brooklyn, NY. When she’s not playing with The Ladles, Katie performs with the creative collective, Apartment Sessions, leads the Tucci Swing Orchestra, and performs her original music with the Katie Martucci Band.

A recent graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music, Caroline Kuhn spent the last four years completing her degree with a focus on songwriting and contemporary vocal music. After spending time in Boston building upon her extensive experience singing harmony in a variety of styles (from choral to jazz), she returned to her native New York City. Caroline began her career in NYC at the age of five, recording jingles and doing an assortment of voice-over work. Outside of The Ladles, Caroline regularly performs with several New York City-based projects, such as folk group Ruthless Moon, Damon Smith, and the Tucci Swing Trio. When she is not performing with one of them, she is playing her original music- with a newly formed backing band.

Lucia Pontoniere grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of six, she began competing in local fiddle competitions. Three years later, she was accepted to the Young Musician’s Program at UC Berkeley. There, she began a classical journey, and was awarded a scholarship to attend San Domenico School and play in their award-winning orchestra. In 2014 Lucia attended New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, where she and two classmates started the band The Ladles. She transferred to Berklee College of Music, where she got her Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and American Roots. Lucia lives in New Orleans now and is working on constantly evolving as a musician.



2019 The Line
2016 The Ladles Debut EP


Patience -
What I Am N0t -
Juvenile -
Father Neptune (Connie Converse) -
Silver Dagger -


Blackpot Festival - Lafayette, LA - October 2017
Ossippee Valley Music Festival - Hiram, ME - Summer 2016 and 2017
Grassroots Music Festival - Trumansburg, NY - Summer 2017
The Summer Hoot - Ashokan, NY - Summer 2016
Club Passim Campfire Festival - Cambridge, MA - 2015 and 2016
Harvard Square 37th Annual Oktoberfest - Boston, MA - 2015 


Winner of Grassroots Festival Band Contest - 2016
Second Place Clifftop Neo-traditional Band Contest - 2016
Boston Folk Song Society Featured Artist - 2015


“Masters of three-part harmony, The Ladles – comprising Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn and Lucia Pontoniere – blend swing, old-time, folk and more to create a handcrafted, downhome sound that brings to mind nights spent making music on the back porch while fireflies flit about and good friends catch up. The sound is spacious and lovely. With instrumentation that impresses, harmonies that inspire and an ability to capture the richness of the folk tradition without getting stuck in the past, The Ladles is a quiet stand out of the roots genre.”

- CJ / Goodtimes SC

The Ladles EP Sound of Boston Exclusive Premiere


2019 The Line Album Release Tour (Northeast)
2018 West Coast Tour
2016 Summer Tour
(New York, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland) 
2017 "Spring" Tour (Boston, NYC, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Cape Cod) 
2017 Summer Tour 

notable performances: 

Maverick Concerts - Woodstock, NY - July 2017
The Stoltz Listening Room at The Avalon Theater - Easton, MD - August 2017
Jordan Hall - Boston, MA - 2015/2016
The Stone (Residency) - New York, NY - September 2015